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Disclaimer: Department of Energy research and technical assistance is
available to federal agencies, commercial companies, local and state
governments, and foreign governments. Within the Department of Energy this
is called the Work for Others Program
Information for DOD Contracting Officials
Reimbursable Research and Technical Assistance for the Department of Defense
U. S. Department of Energy
Pamphlet entitled, "How Federal Agencies Obtain Technical Resources and
Skills from the U.S. Department of Energy"
U. S. Department of Energy
Pamphlet entitled, "How Private Customers and Nonfederal Governments
Obtain Technical Resources and Skills from the U.S. Department of
Frequently Asked Questions about
Work for Others from Other Federal Agencies
Frequently Asked Questions about Work For Others from U.S. Commercial Companies, Non-Profit Organizations, Universities and State & Local Goverments
Fixing the Value of the
Department of Energy's Research and Technical Assistance Program (Work for
Department of Energy
Mechanisms to Promote Technology Transfer
Department of Energy
Policies on Responding to Competitive Solicitations of the U.S. Government and Other Activities
is Work for Others?
are the WFO Work Parameters?
How to do Business with Oak Ridge
How to Send Federal Agency Funds to the DOE Oak Ridge Office - FY 2012 Information
Fact Sheets for Sponsors
Work For Others Information Distribution Policy
Project Life Cycle Reimbursable Funding Perspective For Federal Agencies
WFO Points of Contact
U.S. Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Office
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
National Nuclear Security Administration
What is Work for Others?
- The Department of Energy (DOE) offers the WFO mechanism to provide
research and technical assistance to solve problems and provide working
models or prototypes. This scientific help is done for federal agencies,
commercial companies, local and state governments, and foreign
governments. Succinctly, WFO is research or technical assistance done by a
DOE Laboratory or a DOE Technology Center for a non-DOE entity, either
private or federal. Work is fully funded by the non-DOE entity.
- The Department of Energy, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the
Y-12 National Security Complex's WFO objectives are to:
- provide assistance and aggregate resources in accomplishing goals of
a national concern that may otherwise be unattainable,
- provide access to highly specialized or unique facilities, services,
or technical expertise, and
- increase research and development interaction between DOE's
facilities and industry to facilitate technology
What are the WFO Work Parameters?
- WFO may be either research and development (R&D) or non-R&D
services to the requesting organization.
- Work must be consistent with the mission and/or special expertise of
the DOE Laboratory or Technology Center.
- Work must not affect the achievement of DOE work requirements.
- Work must not directly compete with the domestic U.S. private sector.
- Title to invention of WFO sponsor's requirement goes to sponsor under
class patent waiver.
- Sponsor's proprietary data will be protected.
- The government retains a nonexclusive royalty free license to any WFO
- Safeguards are in place to preclude organizational conflicts of
interest (e.g., disclosure to WFO sponsor regarding background
WFO Fact Sheets for Sponsors
DOE Research and Technical Assistance Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
These four documents explain the DOE legal authority for conducting
technical help, outlines a rationale for coming to DOE early in the research
and development cycle, covers administrative processing rules, certifies the
DOE relationships with its management and operating contractors, discusses
recovery of DOE program oversight costs, and covers other areas.
DOE Policies on Accepting Other Federal Agency Funds for Interagency
This two page document illustrates the flexibility of DOE in accepting
appropriated funds from other federal agencies for interagency acquisitions,
cites the appropriate Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) information
needs, and gives examples of multiple agency forms that are accepted.
Comparison of Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) Facilities and
Management and Operating (M&O) Contractors
This paper reviews the FAR definition of the M&O contractor,
contrasts the differences between a GOCO and an M&O, and shows examples
of how the two types are used in different government agencies.
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